Jobs and population are going up

Centrelink located on the Corner of Sulphide and Beryl Street. PICTURE: BT ARCHIVES

NSW government celebrates a 3.7 per cent rate of unemployment whilst rural economies like Broken Hill has a much higher rate of 4.6 unemployed people.

The NSW economy is recovering from the latest Omicron wave, according to the NSW Treasurer Matt Kean.

The rural unemployment rate in NSW is 4.6 per cent, whilst the NSW government celebrates an overall unemployment rate of 3.7 per cent.

Last year currently, the regional rate of unemployment was 5.8 per cent.

In Broken Hill, we have an influx of jobs coming both short term and long term.

In the short term, we have movies to be made employing locals, not just as extras. It will also employ other professionals such as local hairdressers, makeup artists, and tradespeople.

We also have an increase in accommodation with movies, but after COVID-19, we also have the grey nomads coming back.

And let’s not forget the Mundi Mundi Bash.

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In the long term, Broken Hill has, according to Deputy Mayor Jim Hickey, 3000 jobs coming to town in the next three or so years.

He says the Broken Hill population is one of the few more remote towns the Australian Bureau of Statistics expects to grow.

With each job, he says the population could grow by 2.5 people.

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